Jack the Ripper
Casebook: Jack the Ripper A BEAUTIFULLY EXECUTED SITE! (no pun intended!) "In the past 110 years, the name 'Jack the Ripper' has become synonymous with evil and misogyny, eliciting images of foggy nights and gas-lit streets in the minds of millions worldwide. The mass media and entertainment industries are largely responsible for the popularity of the subject, but they are also to blame for many of the myths and misconceptions which have crept in among the facts of the case. Sloppy research performed by those motivated by personal dreams of fame and greed has only added to the mire. Though this situation has recently been aided by the valiant efforts of a handful of diligent researchers, the myths persist, the lies are repeated, and the facts of the case remain hidden beneath a cloud of confusion. It is our hope that the information provided by Casebook: Jack the Ripper will help scatter this cloud and, perhaps, finally allow a glimpse into that most elusive aspect of the mystery: the truth...."
Enter the sinister world of Jack the Ripper: A unique 1880's period which takes you into the dark world of fog, gas lamps, alehouse, prostitution and.... .MURDER....in JACK THE RIPPER'S LONDON! The Mysterious Monster of London's East End......... Between the months of August and November, 1888, the Whitechapel area of London played key witness to a series of horrific murders, which remain to this day unresolved. The unknown assailant, formerly known as "Leather Apron", later to be revered as "Jack the Ripper", stalked the dimly lit, fog blanketed streets of the East End with a single, brutal ambition......MURDER MOST HORRID. With malice aforethought, undercover of darkness he lurked within the shadows, awaiting his prey...."the street women" of Old London Town. The despicable diary of death had begun..............are you up to learning more of the gory facts?....then read on....I dare you!" CLICK HERE
Jack the Ripper: from the Crime Library
Portrait of a Killer: Jack the Ripper -- Case Closed In this headline-making work of nonfiction, Patricia Cornwell turns her trademark skills for meticulous research and scientific expertise on one of the most chilling cases of serial murder in the history of crime-the slayings of Jack the Ripper that terrorized 1880s London. With the masterful intuition into the criminal mind that has informed her novels, Cornwell digs deeper into the case than any detective before her-and reveals the true identity of this elusive madman.
"Enlisting the help of forensic experts, Cornwell examines all the physical evidence available: thousands of documents and reports, fingerprints, crime-scene photographs, original etchings and paintings, items of clothing, artists' paraphernalia, and traces of DNA. Her unavoidable conclusion: Jack the Ripper was none other than a respected painter of his day, an artist now collected by some of the world's finest museums." Visit Patricia Cornwell's Website for the Latest News
| Serial killers and cannibalism together comprise perhaps the darkest and ugliest darkest part of our shadow selves.
Serial Killers and Cannibalism
"....When a species is driven to eat their own, all cultural traditions are gone. In popular culture this is associated with serial killers like Jeff Dahmer and Ed Gein but its true significance can be found with the Donner party.
"In the winter of 1846-47 the Donner party was trapped in the mountains on their way to California. Two-thirds of the men died. Single adult men died first. One-third of the children died. The male children having the highest ratio. One-fourth of the women and most of them toward the end of the ordeal. Many of the survivors either killed and ate, or ate, the dead. This group of humans that was brought up with Christian morals/ethics were reduced to being the animal that we all are. They were reduced because the culture had failed them. The culture is suppose to teach them/us the things needed to survive. It had not, and the last taboo before annihilation was cannibalism...." from Cannibalism: The Last Taboo
".... Cannibals have something else in common: they smell. Doctors interrogating Chikatilo - who butchered and ate parts of 52 young women, boys and girls after they agreed to go into the woods with him - spoke of the killer's pungent odour. Kusikov has the same animal smell - peculiar, say police, to psychopaths, a goaty smell that comes from an acrid sweat made by a body full of the wrong chemicals...."
Cannibal ".... tells the stories of four notorious cannibal serial killers, attempting to discover “why they did it.” Coming under English’s scrutiny are Andrei Chikatilo, Arthur Shawcross, Issei Segawa, and, of course, Jeffrey Dahmer. The obvious difficulty English faces in revealing their motives is that two of her subjects are dead—Dahmer was killed in prison in 1994, and Chikatilo was executed by the Soviets in Rostov, Ukraine in 1992. So, not surprisingly, the segments on these two are filled almost entirely with excerpts from television news coverage...."
Cannibalism: The Ancient Taboo in Modern Times
Andrei Chikatilo See Bad Men Do What Good Men Dream "....In the clearing, Chikatilo pounced on Larisa. He overpowered her easily, with his 6-foot, muscled body. He tore off her clothes and underwear. Larisa's futile struggle only sexually excited him more. To him, it was an aphrodisiac. Her terrified, anguished screams were like a siren's song to Chikatilo, transporting him into an erotic frenzy. This was nothing like the vapid, tiresome, unsatisfying sex that he had experienced with his wife in the privacy of their home. Larisa was prey to be eaten and consumed. She was, to him, no longer a human being with feelings and a life to live. Like a wild beast, he devoured his victim. She was his, totally. He could do anything he pleased with her...."
Jeffrey Dahmer A brief "no bullshit" synopsis of one of the most written about and studied serial killers of the 20th century.
Jeffrey Dahmer "....As a kid, Jeff liked to torture and kill little animals. As an adult he did the same with humans. This Milwaukee chocolate factory worker lured gay, black men to his apartment for sex and drugs and instead killed them and had them for dinner....."
What I Saw at the Dahmer Trial
"....Years later, Eddie provided inspiration for the character of another serial killer, Buffalo Bill in The Silence of the Lambs. Like Eddie, Buffalo Bill treasured women's skin and wore it like clothing in some insane transvestite ritual...."
Ed Gein The Serial Killer Superstar An excerpt from A-Z Encyclopedia of Serial Killers: "Gein was raised by a fanatical, domineering mother who ranted incessantly about the sinful nature of her own sex. When she died in 1945, her son was a thirty-nine-year-old bachelor, still emotionally enslaved to the woman who had tyrannized his life. Boarding up her room, he preserved though it were a shrine. The rest of the house, however, soon degenerated into a madman's shambles.
"When Gein wasn't earning his meager living doing odd jobs for neighbors, he passed his lonely hours poring over lurid magazine pieces about sex-change operations, South Sea headhunters, and Nazi atrocities...." Continued CLICK HERE
Eddie Gein: Crime Library
"....While the shocked deputies searched through the rubble of Eddie Gein's existence, they realized that the horrible discoveries didn't end at Mrs. Worden's body. They had stumbled into a death farm.
The funny-looking bowl was a top of a human skull. The lampshades and wastebasket were made from human skin.
A ghoulish inventory began to take shape: an armchair made of human skin, female genitalia kept preserved in a shoebox, a belt made of nipples, a human head, four noses and a heart.
The more the looked through the house, the more ghastly trophies they found. Finally a suit made entirely of human skin...." CLICK HERE for the rest of this multi-chapter e-book.
Ed Gein "....At least two movies have been based on Ed Gein Psycho and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Gein practiced a strange type of transvestite necrophilia. To become a woman he would carve out the genitalia of females and wear them over his own. Gein has a belt made out of nipples, a skin vest that he wore on special ocasions, mobiles made out of noses, skulls on his bedposts, cranial soup bowls, drums made out of skin...."
America's Favorite Cannibal "....In downtown Lake City stands the Hinsdale County Museum, which boasts the most extensive collection of Packerabilia known. Included is a skull fragment from one of his victims, a pair of shackles used on Alferd when he was in the Lake City jail, and a number of buttons from the clothes of the five men he eventually ate.... Alferd spent some time in the Colorado Territorial Prison, Canon City. After he was released -- on a technicality -- he became a vegetarian, made a modest living selling autographed photos of himself...."
"....Fish is said to have practiced:
- Active and Passive flagellation
- Castration and self-castration
- Voyeur Acts
- Piqueur Acts [sp?]
"Fish claims to have molested over four hundred children, but police charged him with eight but suspect him on fifteen.... He would also stick nails under his finger nails, into his groin, into his scrotum and his anus.... (he) was sentenced to death in the electric chair. Fish was excited about dying in the electric chair because he said that he hadn't tried that one. He was electrocuted on January 16, 1936 at Sing Sing Prison. Supposedly he helped strap himself into the chair and it took two attempts to fry Fish because the needles still left in his body short circuited the chair...." CLICK HERE for several photos and the rest of the story.
The Zodiac killer "terrorized Northern California in the late 1960s, attacking at least seven young adults and killing five of them. Another slaying in Riverside was attributed to the Zodiac, but that was widely disputed by police.
"The killer appeared to be hunting couples parked in lovers' lanes for sport. He used a different weapon each time and then brazenly called 911. The calls were followed a few days later by coded letters to the police and media, taunting investigators and daring them to catch him. His letters generally began with the words 'This is the Zodiac speaking'."
A Flashback Newspaper Article
"This is the Zodiac Speaking..." A Definitive Overview and Analysis of the Zodiac Case, 1966-1974 "The Zodiac case is of particular interest because it may have been the most cerebral murder case of all time. The case is full of unknowns. What appears to have been unprovoked catharsis may actually indicate a premeditated, cold-blooded act of instrumental aggression. Or does it? What passes for craziness may really have been a well-planned scheme to accomplish what the killer wanted. Or was it?" -Dr. Jack Levin, Professor, Sociology & Criminology Northeastern University, Boston, MA
The Zodiac/Manson Connection Offers interesting sounding book for $19.95 that promises "shocking new information that confirms..."
The Unibomber/Zodiac Connection Shows stylistic comparisons, metamorphosis of modus operandi, promotes a book on CD-Rom. Also Mass Murder and Modus Operandi
Redacted: Zodiac Killer Index "The Zodiac Killer officially began his killing spree on December 20, 1968 when he attacked and killed two teenagers in Vallejo, California. The Zodiac Killer may also have killed a previous victim in Riverside, California, in 1966.
"The killer continued to attack and kill several more victims. The last official victim of the Zodiac Killer was a San Francisco cab driver who was killed in 1969. The Zodiac Killer wrote may letters during his killing spree that were sent to various newspapers and other individuals. Several of the letters also contained coded messages or ciphers.
"The Zodiac Killer has never been caught and as of January 1974 claimed to have killed at least 37 people..."
Ted Bundy: The Crime Library "....all the girls were white, thin, single, wearing slacks at the time of disappearance, had hair that was long and parted in the middle and they all disappeared in the evening. Also around the time of the disappearances, police interviewed college students who told them of a strange man who was seen wearing a cast on either his arm or leg. Supposedly, the stranger seemed to be struggling with books and asking young women nearby for assistance...." CLICK HERE to read more of this is a multi-chapter online "book"... a complete description of the life and killings of this very attractive serial killer.
Richard Ramirez "The Night Stalker"
Richard Ramirez "The Night Stalker"
".... Acquaintances described Ramirez as an ardent Satanist and long-time drug abuser, obsessed with the mock-Satanic rock band AC/ DC. According to reports, Ramirez had adopted one of the group's songs - "Night Prowler" - as his personal anthem, playing it repeatedly, sometimes for hours on end.... Sporting a pentagram on the palm of one hand, Ramirez waved to photographers and shouted "Hail Satan!" during a preliminary court appearance. Back in jail, he told a fellow inmate, "I've killed 20 people, man. I love all that blood."
H. H. Holmes
H. H. Holmes ".... Dr. Holmes started his criminal career as a medical student by stealing corpses from the University of Michigan. He used them to collect insurance money from policies taken out under fictitious names.
"When he moved to Chicago he started a drugstore empire from which he made a fortune. He built a hundred-room mansion complete with gas chambers, trap doors, acid vats, lime pits, fake walls and secret entrances. During the 1893 World's Fair he rented rooms to visitors. He killed most of his renters and continued his insurance fraud scheme..."
Pee Wee Gaskins
Pee Wee Gaskins "....while in Maximum Security, Pee Wee was tagged the "Meanest Man in America" when he killed another inmate. For his little homicidal stunt, he was moved to Death Row. Pee Wee was fried on September 6, 1991. His total hits might well be over two hundred, but law enforcement found it impossible to verify all his claims. In the excellent post-mortem of his life, "FINAL TRUTH," Pee Wee waxes poetic about how he had "a special mind" that gave him 'permission to kill'."
Gilles de Rais
Gilles de Rais "....Because he was a baron, no one cared about the disappearing children around his castle. A great patron of the arts, Gilles also enjoyed practicing black magic and alchemy. His reign of terror came to an end when the Duke of Brittany dug up the mutilated remains of 50 boys in his castle. He confessed to 140 killings but it is believed that the body count could have been as high as 300. On October 26, 1440, Gilles was simultaneously burned and hanged. His two servant accomplices were simply burned alive....."
Delfina & Maria de Jesus Gonzales
Delfina & Maria de Jesus Gonzales (91+) ".... These two deadly sisters ran the bordello from hell in Guanajuato, Mexico. They recruited their prostitutes through help wanted ads and killed them when they stopped pleasing the clientele...."
David Berkowitz: Son of Sam
"Dad, the world is getting darker now. I can feel it more and more . . . The girls call me ugly and they bother me the most." from a letter to his Dad by David Berkowitz, a month before the first murder.
David Berkowitz: Son of Sam "....He confessed to the attacks and went on to blame it all on the 'voices' in his head. He said he was urged to kill by Sam Carr, his neighbor, who transmitted the messages through his dogs barking. he also had 'Demon' voices telling him what to do when he was out hunting. This was obviously an early attempt at an insanity plea, and one which was rejected. Berkowitz pled guilty to all the murders, and was sentenced to 365 years...." Brief Profile; Case File: David Berkowitz with much information, numerous photos. Also see The Official Homepage of David Berkowitz: Son of Hope
"....One year after Berkowitz was arrested he held a press conference in prison saying that his story about Sam Carr and demon-possession was a hoax. He bought the .44 and said that his attacks had been from his disappointments with women. It will remain unknown if a cult was involved in the Son of Sam attacks. Berkowitz definitely did commit all or some of the attacks, but one things remains certain, Son of Sam terrorized New York with 6 murders in the space of 12 months...." Case File: David Berkowitz
John Wayne Gacy
John Wayne Gacy A brief synopsis with photos of Gacy as a clown and some of his art.
See also Serial Killer Art: "The best known of all serial killer artists was John Wayne Gacy, who began dabbling in oil painting while in prison. Though Gacy painted everything from Disney characters to Michelangelo's Pieta, his trademark subject was Pogo the Clown--the persona he adopted during his prearrest years, when he would occasionally don circus makeup and entertain the kids at the local hospital...." CLICK HERE for more.
John Wayne Gacy Jr.: Crime Library "....Yet, he was fortunate to be alive. Ringall was one of the few victims of John Wayne Gacy, Jr. to have survived. During a three-year-period, Gacy went on to viciously torture, rape and murder more than thirty other young men, who would later be discovered under the floorboards of his home and in the local river...."
John Wayne Gacy "....While on death row Gacy painted many pictures of pgo the clown, Hitler, Jeffrey Dahlmer, and his three dwarfs (Schizo, Pathological, and Remorseless) He also made a 900 number (1-900-622-GACY) so people could call for 2 dollars a minute and listen to him talk for 15 minutes about how he was innocent. Fans were even swapping trading cards of their favorite murderers. He was executed fourteen years later by lethal injection in Joliet, Illinois...."